18th September 2014

Embedded Computing Design magazine names Imagination’s MIPS Warrior M-class cores a Top Embedded Innovation

MIPS M-class IP cores stand out from the crowd with high-end features in MCU-class CPUs


London, UK – 18 September, 2014 – Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) announces its MIPS Warrior M-class M51xx IP cores have been selected by Embedded Computing Design magazine as its Top Embedded Innovation in the Strategies category, highlighted in the August issue.

Says Curt Schwaderer, editorial director, Embedded Computing Design magazine: “After calling for top innovative product nominations in the June 2014 issue, we received many qualified submissions, but we could choose only three winners. We selected Imagination’s MIPS Warrior M51xx cores because of their leadership in bringing hardware virtualization to microcontroller-class products. As security and reliability are increasing concerns across the spectrum of embedded products, we are pleased to see companies like Imagination looking at innovative ways to address these issues.”

Says Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination: “Our MIPS Warrior M-class cores offer distinct benefits to customers requiring advanced embedded single or multicore CPUs powering future generations of connected SoCs. The clean, high-performance, highly efficient MIPS architecture, together with advanced features such as hardware virtualization technology and advanced SIMD support, provide a clear path to differentiation and leadership for our customers’ next-generation products in a wide range of markets including IoT, industrial and motor control, smart sensors, wearables, consumer peripherals, wireless communications, automotive, storage and more.”

The MIPS M51xx cores are the world’s first microcontroller (MCU) class CPU IP cores that incorporate hardware virtualization, bringing a new level of flexibility, security and reliability to entry-level applications. The low-power, compact, real-time M-class CPUs achieve the highest CoreMark/MHz scores for MCU-class processors. The highly configurable cores include advanced functionality such as full floating point unit (FPU) and advanced DSP capabilities, complemented by mature tools both from Imagination and its ecosystem partners.

The first available M-class cores are the M5100 and the M5150. The M5100 integrates a real-time execution unit and SRAM controller, and is optimized for low-cost, low-power microcontroller applications. The M5150 incorporates the same execution unit as the M5100, and adds a programmable L1 instruction and data cache controller, as well as memory management support for high-performance Linux and RTOS embedded system applications.

Imagination’s entry-level MIPS cores including the Warrior M-class cores are widely adopted across a broad array of applications.

About MIPS processors

Imagination’s family of MIPS CPU IP cores are ideal for products where ultra-low power, compact silicon area and high levels of integration are required. The comprehensive portfolio of MIPS processor IP cores range from the smallest cores for 32-bit MCUs to high-performance 32-bit and 64-bit multicore solutions. Based on a heritage of continuous innovations over more than three decades, including full support for 64-bit for more than 20 years, Imagination’s MIPS architecture is the industry’s most mature and efficient RISC architecture, delivering the highest performance and lowest power consumption in a given silicon area.

About Imagination Technologies

Imagination is a global technology leader whose products touch the lives of billions of people across the globe. The company’s broad range of silicon IP (intellectual property) includes the key processing blocks needed to create the SoCs (Systems on Chips) that power all mobile, consumer and embedded electronics. Its unique software IP, infrastructure technologies and system solutions enable its customers get to market quickly with complete and highly differentiated SoC platforms. Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEMs/ODMs who are creating some of the world’s most iconic products. See: www.imgtec.com.

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